Riddell is Australia's most sought after futurist, and award-winning industry
recognised keynote speaker on digital. He is also a renowned strategist and
global emerging trend spotter for businesses and leaders in today's disrupted
trailblazer, Chris Riddell has worked for some of the largest and most
successful companies and brands in our modern world. Having lived and worked in
countries such as the UK, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, China, New Zealand, and
lately Australia. His understanding of our new world is compelling and thought
provoking to say the least.
Chris Riddell was the first ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for MARS
Incorporated in Australia and New Zealand, architecting the corporate digital
strategy behind brands such as Whiskas, Pedigree, Wrigley, Starburst,
Masterfoods, Snickers, and Maltesers to name but a few.
Riddell is frequently called on as a futurist, speaker, and public commentator
to give insights into consumer technology trends within traditional media. With
appearances on Australian television including Channel 7's The Daily Edition,
Morning Show, Nine's A Current Affair, and recently The Project on Ten, Chris
Riddell's insights and expertise as a futurist extend far beyond the corporate
futurist, isn't simply about 'putting your finger in the air, and saying what
the future might be' says Chris Riddell. It’s about 'authentically embedding
yourself into the very space from where true innovation, and disruption is
taking place, analyzing future and emerging trends, then distilling them into a
clear and meaningful keynote message, for business to be able to take
affirmative and decisive action on'.
recognised futurist and speaker on digital, Chris Riddell has transformed the
platform for delivering keynote presentations, and what it means to be an
inspiring speaker. His award winning events are highly acclaimed for being the
most energizing and immersive experiences around. With a blend of unique story
telling, customised immersive video, and exciting dialogue, audiences are
guaranteed to walk away feeling inspired, stimulated and energised for the
future that lies just ahead.
Riddell is a senior advisor to businesses across industry verticals, with
consulting expertise across the technology, transportation, manufacturing,
healthcare, finance and communications sectors. He is a current board member of
the Museum for Australian Democracy at Eureka, and writes columns for online
digital agencies and corporations, providing deep insights into the world of
digital, disruption and future change.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.